Prong-billed Barbet (Semnornis frantzii)

The Prong-billed Barbet is a small bird, similar in size to a Tanager, but with a heavier-looking body. They inhabit middle and high elevations (from 800 to 2,400m) and eat fruit. They are closely related with the Toucan family, a fact discovered through DNA studies. In Costa Rica there is only another similar species named Red-headed Barbet, which belongs to the New World Barbet family. The Prong-billed can be distinguished by a blue-gray bill, and ochraceous body and breast, a combination that can’t be found in any other CR species. Another feature, which other species do share, is the hair-like black feathers that protrude from the base of the beak, which colloquially are called beard. They like to eat fruit.

Prong-billed Barbet - Semnornis frantzii - Barbudo Cocora (4)

It was raining this day, not heavily, but enough to cause some water droplets to stay on the birds plumage


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  1. Pingback: Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus) | The Nature Admirer

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